Technische Universität München, Department of Physics

Position ID:TUM-Department of Physics-PHD [#18830]
Position Title: Ph.D. positions in Theoretical Astroparticle Physics
Position Type:Student programs
Position Location:Garching, Bayern 85748, Germany [map]
Subject Areas: Particle and Astroparticle Phenomenology
High-Energy Theory / Astroparticle Physics, Collider physics, Cosmology, Neutrino physics, Particle Physics, Phenomenology, Physics beyond the Standard Model, Theoretical High-Energy, Theoretical Particle Physics
Appl Deadline:2021/07/10 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2021/06/21, finished 2022/01/15)
Position Description:    

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We invite applications for two PhD positions in theoretical astroparticle physics within the collaborative research center SFB 1258 "Neutrinos and Dark Matter in Astro- and Particle Physics" ( associated with the Emmy Noether Junior Research Group of Dr. Julia Harz within the Theoretical High-Energy Particle Physics Group at the Physics Department of the Technical University of Munich.

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of Europe’s top universities and is committed to excellence in research and teaching. It has one of the strongest departments on elementary particle and astroparticle physics in Germany and comprises many experts in theory and experiment ( The vicinity of the TUM Institute for Advanced Study, the Max-Planck Institutes for Physics and for Astrophysics, and in particular of the cluster of excellence ``ORIGINS'' and the Munich Institute for Astro- and Particle Physics (MIAPP), provides a stimulating environment for education and research.

The Emmy Noether Junior Research Group “​​​​​​Baryogenesis, Dark Matter and Neutrinos: Comprehensive analyses and accurate methods in particle cosmology” of Dr. Julia Harz comprises a strong, international and motivated team of several Postdocs, PhD students, and Master students ( The research interests of the group lie in physics beyond Standard Model, in particular dark matter physics, baryogenesis / leptogenesis, and neutrino physics.

The topic of the PhD thesis will focus on either
  • dark matter: phenomenology of freeze-in dark matter, strongly-interacting dark sectors at the LHC and in cosmology, non-perturbative effects (Sommerfeld effect, bound state formation) in complex dark sectors
  • neutrinos and baryogenesis: radiative neutrino mass models, quantum effects, implications for baryogenesis, complementarity of LHC and low-energy observables
Possible thematic connections between both topics are possible and welcome.

The PhD candidate will be part of the TUM and SFB graduate school. Travel funds will allow the PhD student to participate in summer schools and conferences. The starting date is flexible but should lie between July and December 2021.

The application should include a letter of motivation (including your earliest possible starting date and the topic you are most interested in, in case you have a preference), a CV including a full list of courses attended in or close to the field of specialization, the latest transcripts of records of the Bachelor and Master Studies and a pdf copy of the Master thesis (or abstract if not yet available).
In addition, the applicant should arrange at least two letters of recommendation.

All application documents (including the reference letters) should be submitted before July 10th 2021 (later applications will be considered until the position is filled).

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Further Info:
Technical University of Munich (TUM)
Department of Physics
James-Franck-Straße 1
85748 Garching bei München